With the popularity of smartphones and computers it can be hard to put technology aside and take a stroll around your neighborhood. If you haven’t been able to find enough motivation to go outside and explore the world around you, read these scientifically proven reasons you should get outside. You will be surprised to learn about the various mental and physical benefits you can get just from immersing yourself in nature.
1.) It helps restore your mental energy
Whether you feel mentally drained, or you keep losing your train of thought, take a walk outside or look at a picture of nature. Restorative environments have been shown to have positive effects on mental energy. One of the ways that nature is known to restore mental energy is by creating a feeling of calmness and awe within people. These feelings are stimulating to the mind, and will get you back on your feet in no time.
2.) Your short-term memory improves
Do you find yourself forgetting small things throughout the day? If so, you may need to spend some more time in nature. Research has shown that people will be able to retain information, in a short-term period, 20% better if they immerse themselves within nature, rather than sitting inside all day.
3.) It can help reduce stress
Everyone knows the old notion that if you’re feeling overwhelmed or stressed you should take a walk outside, or grab a breath of fresh air. Well, recent research has proven that immersing yourself within nature can in fact reduce stress. Nature is proven to help reduce levels of cortisol, which is known as the stress hormone. If you do not have the chance to take a break outside for a moment, look out the window and study nature for a few minutes. Research has shown that simply looking out the window and viewing nature will lower stress levels and stimulate happiness.
4.) Can stimulate creativity
It seems like every great artist, author, and musician has spent some quality time in nature. Nature seems to be the perfect breeding ground to creating great art. In fact, it truly is. Recent scientific research has shown that you can stimulate your creativity for up to four days by simply taking a walk around a park.
5.) Boosts your immune system
While exploring nature is shown to have positive effects that boost your immune system, there needs to be more research to support this relationship. But, the research that is currently available only shows promising things. According to various researchers, forests have factors, such as phenomenal air quality, that can contribute to a stronger immune system. A strong immune system is extremely important, as it protects you from serious diseases, and helps you fight diseases if you contract one.
6.) There are possible anti-cancer effects
Like the previous reason, there needs to be more research to fully support this claim. But, early research has shown that there are possible anti-cancer effects from nature. Researchers have specifically focused on forests and have found that forests have the ability to cause the body to produce proteins that are anti-cancer. The truly amazing thing is that your body will continue to create these proteins even when it’s been a week since you visited the forest.
7.) Early death risk is reduced
If none of the other reasons convinced you to get outside, this one should. Research has shown that people who are regularly exposed to the green outdoors will live a longer life than people who aren’t. This is mostly due to research that has shown people who live around naturally diverse terrain, such as forests and the beach, are more likely to exercise, have an overall better quality of air, and tend to recover from difficult times in life easier than others. All of these contribute to overall health, and can be a factor in certain life threatening diseases that can develop in later years. So, put your phone down, and your computer away, and get outside!